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The University Board

The University Board

The Board oversees the strategic development of the university and ensures the effective use of resources and the general solvency of the institution. 

The Board comprises members from within higher education, industry and commerce as well as representatives of the students and staff (both academic, professional and support staff). The Vice-Chancellor and certain members of the University Executive Team are Board Members.

Who is on the University Board?

External members

Professor Richard Conder (Chair)

Professor Richard Conder

Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). He holds a degree in politics from Hull University and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Bath.

In 2012 he was elected a member of Guernsey’s States Assembly serving as Deputy Education Minister having special interest in the development of tertiary education on the Island. Previously he held senior positions at BU. He was Head of the School of Finance and Law and in 1996 was appointed BU’s Pro-Vice Chancellor of Finance and Corporate Development. In 2002 he was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the GTA University Centre in Guernsey.

Richard is currently Chair of the University Board, Chair of the Nominations Committee and Chair of the Honorary Awards Committee. Richard is also a member of the Finance & Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee, and Development Funding Committee.

Read more about Richard Conder’s illustrious academic career

Nicholas Beal

Nicholas Beal

Nick is currently Group Director (Legal and Compliance) and Executive Board Director of Richmond Group Limited, a Bournemouth based financial services company. He is a qualified Solicitor and previously held positions at Barclays Bank PLC, Bradford & Bingley plc and Yorkshire Building Society. 

Following the completion of his degree Nick was President of The Nottingham Trent University Union of Students.

Nick is a member of the university’s Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

Alistair Brien

Alistair Brien

Alistair has been Headteacher of Bournemouth School for Girls, one of the top performing state schools in Dorset and Hampshire, since 2004. He is responsible for all aspects of leadership and management of the school which was rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2012. He is also a National Leader of Education, supporting other schools.

He has strong local community connections and the School has links to the university through activities such as visits and participation in the BU sponsored Enterprise Challenge competition and the Festival of Learning.

Alistair is a member of the university’s Audit, Risk & Governance Committee, and Deputy Chair of the Development Funding Committee.

Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark

Jonathan is the founder and Executive Chairman of the creative and media company Bright Blue Day Ltd. The university has strong connections with the company and Jonathan was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in 2012.

Previously a Board Member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), Jonathan sat on their Audit and Risk Committee. He was also Chair of the Dorset branch of the IOD and sat on The Business School’s advisory board from 2008 – 2011. In addition to this his non-executive career includes advising, mentoring and investing in several SME organisations throughout the UK.

Jonathan is a member of the university’s Finance & Resources Committee.

Sheila Collins

Sheila Collins

Sheila is a solicitor with a law degree from University College London. She was for 13 years until 2010 the Chairman of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience of running a large and complex public body.

Amongst other things she has also been the First Lady President of the Bournemouth and District Law Society and a trustee on the board of a large charity operating in the South of England. Sheila currently sits on the board of Stonewater, a national housing association.

Both her daughter and niece have qualified from BU and her son is currently a BU student.

Sheila is the Chair of the university’s Development Funding Committee.

Annette D’Abreo

Annette D'Abreo

Annette is co-founder and Managing Director of Ceuta Healthcare and is an Executive Board member of the industry body, the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) and Deputy Chair at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She is an industry expert experienced in operational delivery and strategic marketing and has received recognition through a number of awards and events.

Annette is a member of the university’s Honorary Awards Committee.

David Furniss

Timothy Irish

David has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector most recently as Group Chief Executive of Teachers Assurance, the Bournemouth based provider of insurance, savings and investments to the education profession. David was appointed Chairman of Benenden Healthcare in July 2017.

Prior to that he had been General Manager of BMA Services, the financial services arm of the British Medical Association. 

David is a business graduate, Chartered Insurer and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

David has extensive Board and company chairperson experience and has sat on committees including Audit and Compliance, Investment, Risk and Nominations and Remuneration.

David is Deputy Chair of both the Remuneration Committee and the Finance & Resources Committee. 

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones (MRICS, FNARA)

Stuart has worked as a Director at Savills UK Limited for over ten years, operating both locally and nationally on a wide range of land and property matters. Prior to this he held positions at both PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). He is a long-standing member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), with sound property and financial expertise. 

He has strong local community connections, attended Canford School in Wimborne and now lives in rural Dorset.

Stuart is a member of the university’s Finance & Resources Committee.

David Kane

David Kane

David is a Chartered Management Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (a registered charity where he is currently a Board member and a trustee). He has a BA in Accountancy from Glasgow Caledonian University.

He has lived in Bournemouth for the last 30 years, and recently retired from J.P.Morgan, where he held a number of senior global roles as a Managing Director. 

David has extensive experience of board level activities and associated governance, primarily in the corporate commercial sector and also with charities.

David is a member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

Jean Lang (Deputy Chair)

Jean Lang

Jean is a lawyer and since retiring from private practice has been a Tribunal Judge. Previously she was a member of the Dorset Police Authority, Chairman of Governors of two schools in West Dorset and a Non-Executive Director of Poole NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

During her time at the Police Authority she was a member, and then Chairman, of the Audit and Performance committee. She also chaired the Committee dealing with the West Dorset Divisional Police Headquarters Scheme (funded through a PFI scheme). Jean retired from Poole NHS Foundation Trust Hospital in November 2015 as Vice-Chairman and as Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee.

Jean is currently Deputy Chair of the University Board, Chair of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee and a member of both the Nominations Committee and Honorary Awards Committee.

Tola Oloyede

Tola Oloyede

Tola Oloyede is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with vast experience in Talent Management across multiple countries. She is currently the Head of HR Projects for Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa in Halliburton, an oil and gas multinational company.

Tola holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Organizational Performance from Cranfield University.

Prior to moving into HR, Tola worked as a professional engineer in the oil industry for eight years in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Tola sits on the board of Heritage of Grace Outreach, a UK-based charity with operations in West Africa. She is also a long-standing member of the Scholarship Committee for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

A firm believer of continuous improvement and learning, she is the founder of Kàdàrà Brite a charity that sponsors the education of talented underprivileged children in Africa.

Tola is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

Des Pullen

Des Pullen joined ABF in 2001 as the HR director of its Allied Bakeries business in the UK. He became managing director of that business in 2003 before taking up his current role at the start of 2006. Prior to ABF he worked for Wickes, Safeway and Northern Foods, beginning his career at the newly privatised National Freight Consortium.

He is a graduate of the University of Bristol, with a BSc in Economics and Politics. He is also an experienced Pilotlighter, the charity that provides strategic advice to other charities.

Des is a member of Finance & Resources Committee.

Dr Chris Shaw

Dr Chris Shaw

Chris is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Ernst & Young LLP, prior to which he was awarded a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

He is currently the Director of Accounting for a global division of a listed Hong Kong manufacturing company. Responsibilities include all divisional statutory accounting and internal and external audits. He is also the Divisional Compliance Officer and Company Secretary for the UK companies.

Chris is a member of the university’s Audit, Risk & Governance Committee and the Development Funding Committee.

David Skinner

David Skinner

David has 20 years’ experience as a Finance Director and significant experience of the development and implementation of strategy and organisational change.

He served for five years as a Non-Executive Director of a mutual Building Society where he chaired the Audit and Risk Committee and was a member of the Finance Committee.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) by qualification. He has a degree in Law from Bristol University.

David is Chair of the university’s Finance & Resources Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.

Caroline Troy

Caroline Troy

Caroline is Director and Company Secretary of Track Two Limited, a television production company that supplies professional crewing services to broadcasters. She is also an Assignments Editor at Sky News.

Her qualifications include an MBA and she is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Caroline served for three years as Compliance Director and Company Secretary at 4Youth, a registered charity providing a wide range of services to support youth organisations.

Caroline is Deputy Chair of the university’s Audit, Risk & Governance Committee.

Internal Members

Professor John Vinney – Vice-Chancellor

Jim Andrews – Chief Operating Officer

Graham Beards – Finance Director

Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty – Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Tim Rees – Professor in Sport, Faculty of Management

Professor Rees is the elected Senate Member and is Professor in Sport. 

Abdurasheed Adeyinka Balogun – President of the Students’ Union Bournemouth University

Ade is the elected President of the Students’ Union Bournemouth University.

Paula Peckham – Education Service Manager

Paula is the elected Professional & Support Staff member and is the Education Service Manager within the Faculty of Science & Technology.

Deborah Wakely – Head of Legal Services & Corporate Governance and Clerk to the University Board

Deborah Wakely is the Clerk to the University Board and can be contacted at